The Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a fund which is outside the main school funding formula. Schools receive Pupil Premium  funding for:

  • children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • children who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years
  • children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months by someone other than their family.

The government has provided this funding to help raise attainment for these children. National data shows that children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have sadly lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.  A Service Premium is also available for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This is designed to support the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.  Schools decide how the Pupil Premium  is spent, but this funding should be primarily used to support these children.

Many of our families fall just outside the parameters of this benefit and as a result suffer additional hardship.  It is stated by the Government that pupil premium children underperform as a result of the poverty they are in.  It is also suggested they also are often linked to SEN and therefore the premium will also support these needs. Our pupil premium weighting is low despite other poverty measure indicators  (Such as IDACI) we clearly have parents with very low income and therefore properly described as in a similar state of deprivation after covering their household costs within a limited budget.

If we use the figures on deprivation factors from the IDACI survey we get a much wider picture of the challenges our parents face.  It is based on deprivation bands, defined by a range of indicators.  It provides a wider picture than free school meals but is not used in any way for funding the pupil premium, which we feel is unfair.  Figures are from 2014-15 and are actual families. (Not identified in the IDACI tables)



BP %

Band 1: Most deprived 20% 11 45.3 5.8
Band 2: 20-40% 140 22.9 41.2
Band 3: 40-60% 27 12.2 12.6
Band 4: 60-80% 11 8.1 11.3
Band 5: Least Deprived 20% 93 9.1 28.6
Unknown 2 2.5 0.5

The pupil premium is used to support a range of programs taught by teachers and teaching assistants.  This includes national programs and in house target groups aimed at specific children and groups to raise their achievement.  Actual costs for teachers and teaching assistants depend on what is included in this figure.  We employ additional teachers to work with groups and some specific teaching assistants trained to support specific areas.

The range of support for Pupil Premium children also includes other elements which are funded by the schools overall budget:

We have provided a breakfast club before the start of the school day, to support children and their families.

We have provided grants to enable children to participate in school journeys and trips

Our SENCO/intervention team have provided a wide range of additional support, where children require specific provision in order to achieve their potential.  We have funded additional target and group teachers from the main budget as well as the pupil premium. We have bought in support from external agencies in order to meet specific children’s needs.  We run two further literacy groups before school as well.

We use the Target Tracker Data Programme to Monitor the progress of our children.  Over each year group children if they are to achieve National Standard by Year 6 should move 6 points each year except in Year 1.  For 17-18 up to Spring 2018 the data is showing us the progress to date.  Remember children still have this spring half term and summer term to go.  Alongside this we test against the national standards in NFER assessments.

Year & subject Number of Below at this point At Standard at this point
Y1 Read        6 1 5
Y1 Write 1 5
Y1 Maths 1 5
Y2 Read        2 1 1
Y2 Write 1 1
Y2 Maths 2 0
Y3 Read        7 4 3
Y3 Write 4 3
Y3 Maths 4 3
Y4 Read        7 4 3
Y4 Write 4 3
Y4 Maths 4 3
Y5 Read       11 5 6
Y5 Write 7 4
Y5 Maths 7 4
Y6 Read       14 8 6
Y6 Write 10 4
Y6 Maths 8 6

Data is showing that the majority of children who are below at this point are moving strongly towards national standard for their age.  The outcomes in terms of progress by year 6 are excellent as shown by the data for final outcomes at year six in 16-17 (last known published data for year six)

Area Reading Writing Maths
Progress score for disadvantaged +5.11 +3.98 +6.72
National average for non disadvantaged +0.33 +0.18 +0.28

Currently the school receives £ 62,040 for 48 pupil premium children on role and 5 children in the ever six category. (children who have left the school but are still counted)

How we use this fund.

By a provision map tool we can identify what input is required, judge its impact and move a child out of support or seek further input.

Type of input Pupil Number Cost
Literacy support 31 £18500
Maths support 16 £5600
Structured language programme 23 £14500
Sensory physical 4 £3200
Cognition & Learning 24 £6400
Social, Emotional Mental 10 £6400
Communication and Interaction 21 £5400
External inputs (EP OT SLT) 15 £8200
School Journey. Participation support. 5 £750
Curriculum Clubs. Participation support. 8 £1200
Wrap around care.  Support for families at start end of day. 15 £23,000

Some children will have accessed more than one input. Figures are rounded.

We hope this easy to follow but we always welcome suggestions or ideas for improvements.


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